Mary Arden's Farm Provides Launch Pad for Mum of Two

A puppeteer who started her new career after a serious car crash is returning to Mary Arden’s Farm where she launched her new business to headline at the farm’s first Folk Festival on 24-26 August.

19 August 2013

A puppeteer who started her new career after a serious car crash is returning to Mary Arden’s Farm where she launched her new business to headline at the farm’s first Folk Festival on 24-26 August.  Former actress, Amelia Fewtrill, who was left with serious foot injuries, has written, designed and created her own puppet theatre company Castle Small as well as a special story, The Very Helpful Goat, for Mary Arden’s Folk Festival.

The mum of two said, “I’ve always been a performer and I wanted to carry on in performance art, so I was delighted to be asked by Mary Arden’s Farm to host a special puppet show as part of their first Folk Festival. Mary Arden’s Farm is the ideal place to launch my theatre company; it is as if the show was made for it. I hope Castle Small will not only put the Midlands on the map, but it will also help to inspire more children about the history that is on their door step.”

Highlights of Mary Arden’s Folk Festival include performances from a whole host of folk musicians including Folklaw, Borderline Crossing and Grace and the Magic Roots. There will also be Tudor dancing and tournament games, face painting, a chance to see the birds that the farm houses and the Stratford Spinners and Weavers Guild. Live music in the evenings from Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla who will bring together modern and traditional Celtic music on 24 August and award-winning folk band ColvinQuarmby on 25 August, both playing at 8pm.

Marion Morgan, Events Officer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are delighted to be hosting a fantastic line-up of folk music at Mary Arden’s. The farm is the ideal place for families to come along to during the Bank Holiday weekend and where they can sit back, relax and enjoy a feast of entertainment.”

As part of the Bank Holiday weekend the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is also offering people a free tour of their archives where visitors can view a wealth of documents on theatre, material on the history of Stratford and South Warwickshire and documents from Shakespeare’s lifetime on 22 and 23 of August at 10.30am and again at 2.30pm.

Events at the Trust continue through to early September with a series of concerts in the gardens of Hall’s Croft and the second annual Cottage Garden Festival at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens on 7-8 September.

Notes to editors:
Press release date: 19 August 2013

For more information or to interview Amelia please contact the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136 or email

Picture caption: Amelia Fewtrill with her Castle Small theatre performing at Mary Arden’s Farm in July, where she launched her career after a serious car crash. High res images of Amelia Fewtrill are available upon request.  For more information visit what’s on section of or visit

Mary Arden’s Farm Folk Festival will take place from 24-26 August. Entry to the day time event is free to Shakespeare’s Houses and Mary Arden’s Farm ticket holders. Tickets to Mary Arden’s Farm cost £6.50 per child or £9.95 per adult. Tickets for Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla on 24 August at 7.30pm and ColvinQuarmby on 25 August both at 7.30pm cost from £8. For more information visit the what’s on page at

The Hidden Treasures tours take place on the 22 and 23 of August at 10.30am and 2.30pm in the Reading Room at the Shakespeare Centre. Tours are for a maximum of 15 people. To book email or call 01789 204016.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. Mary Arden’s Farm has a Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.


Nurinder Mantell
Press and Public Affairs Officer
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street
CV37 6QW